Hilldale Lecture in the Biological Sciences, 2016-2017

Transcriptional Silencing of Retroviral DNAs in Embryonic Cells

Stephen Goff, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Higgins Professor of Biochemistry
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University Wednesday, May 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
1345 Health Sciences Learning Center
750 Highland Avenue

Informal reception to follow

Dr. Stephen P. Goff is Higgins Professor of Biochemistry at Columbia University and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Goff is a leading expert in the biology of retroviruses including HIV-1, and in his Hilldale Lecture will discuss some of his lab’s breakthrough discoveries pertaining to cellular protein complexes that potently block the replication of retroviruses and other viral pathogens. These include TRIM28 protein complexes that silence gene expression from endogenized retroviruses in embryonic stem cells, thought to provide a crucial checkpoint to prevent the development of cancers and developmental disorders.


 Hilldale Lecture in the Physical Sciences, 2016-2017

Reversing Climate Change Economically

Frank H. Shu
University Professor Emeritus
University of California at Berkeley and San Diego
Wednesday, 12 October, 6-7 p.m.
The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID)
Discovery Building, 1st floor, DeLuca Forum
330 North Orchard St.

Reception to follow

2015 saw an international agreement to limit the mean global temperature rise since the Industrial Revolution to 1.5-2 degrees C. I will present technologies developed by our team that can achieve a reversal of climate change. (1) Supertorrefaction uses the heat capacity of molten salts to convert waste biomass into biocarbon. (2) Two-fluid molten-salt breeder-reactors operate on the renewable thorium fuel cycle. With a combination of these technologies It should be possible to limit the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 ppm before year 2100. Thus, children yet to be born may inherit the climate that the older members of the audience enjoyed when they were young.

Hilldale Lecture in the Social Studies, 2016-2017

How History Keeps Us Racist - And What To Do About It

James W. Loewen
Author of the bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me
Monday, 24 October, 2016
4:30-6 p.m.
Fluno Center, Howard Auditorium
601 University Avenue

Reception to follow in the atrium

From Vasco da Gama to George W. Bush, what US history textbooks tell -- and what they leave out -- amount to "white history," not just "history." James Loewen will show that an entire era has pretty much been omitted, an era that has left two important legacies to us today, perhaps especially in Wisconsin. He will also suggest what audiences can do about these legacies.